Spanish rationale

At Braintcroft E-ACT Primary Academy, all our pupils from Nursery to Year 6 learn Spanish and enjoy the benefits of starting to learn a foreign language at an early age. They receive one discreet Spanish lesson a week where they will learn the four key skills: speaking, listening, talking and writing. This will be achieved through songs, videos, games, interactive activities and lessons based on a practical communicative approach.  

Our Spanish curriculum seeks to give pupils a relevant, broad and ambitious foreign languages curriculum that will inspire and excite them through a wide variety of topics. All pupils will be expected to achieve their full potential by encouraging high expectations and excellent standards in their foreign language learning – the ultimate aim being that pupils will feel willing and able to continue studying languages beyond Key Stage 2.   

The intent is that all pupils will develop a genuine interest and positive curiosity about foreign languages, finding them enjoyable and stimulating. Learning another language also offers pupils the opportunity to explore relationships between language and identity, develop a deeper understanding of other cultures and the world around them with a better awareness of self, others and cultural differences.   

The four key language learning skills; listening, speaking, reading and writing will be taught and all necessary grammar will be covered in an age-appropriate way. This will enable pupils to use and apply their learning in a variety of contexts, laying down solid foundations for future language learning. In addition, pupils will have access to authentic materials, invaluable for developing intercultural understanding. 

All pupils will have access to a high-quality foreign languages’ curriculum taught by a native teacher that will progressively develop pupils’ skills through regularly taught and well-planned weekly lessons. All KS2 pupils will also have a Spanish book where they will have a bank of materials to help them with their spoken and written tasks going forward. For each topic they will be provided with a cover, similar to a knowledge organiser, with the main vocabulary and the learning content. This material will enable pupils to look up at vocabulary they are unsure about and will help them to recall and build on previous knowledge. 

Different age-appropriate tasks are provided during and at the end of each lesson. These tasks will help to link units together and to ensure that pupils are recalling new and previously learnt vocabulary. Pupils will continuously build on their previous knowledge as they progress. Previous vocabulary will be recycled, revised, recalled and consolidated whenever possible and appropriate.    

Our Spanish curriculum directs, drives and guarantees progressive learning and challenge. Units increase in level of challenge and grammatical complexity as pupils move from Early Years to Key Stage 2.  

 Our aim is to ensure that all of our pupils, regardless of their ability and background are encouraged to develop a good understanding of Spanish and the culture of the different Spanish speaking countries. All pupils will access the same curriculum as we believe all are capable to achieve and succeed. Learning is scaffolded when appropriate to allow all pupils to achieve expected standard or beyond.  

Our pupils can also continue with their learning outside of the classroom thanks to the use of Languagenut, a software that helps them to improve their Spanish through games and other fun activities. 

Assessment opportunities are carefully planned so that they are purposeful, support learning and inform us as to whether our curriculum and or the delivery of it is effective. 


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